How do we compare with other countries?

The Commonwealth Fund published it’s annual survey comparing health care systems of developed countries, this year through the eyes of primary care doctors. They were summarised in a webinar held yesterday with commentaries from the UK (Martin Roland), Netherlands (Jago Burgers) and Switzerland (Thomas Zeltner). The UK continues to do quite well in these comparisons: we spend less than most countries, have few barriers to care, provide better out of hours access, now have waiting time to see specialists up with the best and, perhaps surprisingly, have GPs who are more satisfied with their jobs than primary care doctors in most countries. As Jago and Thomas explain, GPs in Switzerland and the Netherlands now use email for a lot of contacts with patients (and get reimbursed for it). Why don’t we?


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